Which one of the following statements is an example of a clear message to a child?
a) "Cleanup time.Hurry up."
b) "Take your dirty dishes to the kitchen."
c) "Stop that right now, and get ready for a nap.
While all of these seem like clear messages, only B is truly a clear message. The other two options have aspects that are not clear.
In A, the message to “hurry” is fairly clear. However, there is not enough clear information as to what the child should hurry to do. It is true that the person saying these words is telling the child to clean up, but no specific instructions are being given. This message might be good enough for an older child, but it would not be clear enough for a younger child.
In C, the same problem occurs. It is clear that the child should stop what they are doing and that they should do so immediately. However, it is not so clear what is expected of the child in terms of the nap. There is no specific instruction as to what needs to be done to get ready for it.
By contrast, B is very clear. It is clear that the dirty dishes need to be brought to the kitchen. The parent may end up being a little sad when the child puts the dishes in the wrong place in the kitchen, but the instructions are clear.
Therefore, B is the best answer here.